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Gobeklitepe Archaeological Site

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Gobeklitepe, Zero Point in Time

Gobeklitepe, zero point in time, the oldest temple of the world. This is the spot, Gobeklitepe, where modern human society all began, the ancient religious temple that threw the history world into chaos. Come and see this unique historical site in Sanliurfa province.

Gobeklitepe, The World's First Temple

Gobekitepe, one of the the world's oldest and most impressive archaeological sites, is located near Orencik village, 15 km northeast of Sanliurfa province in the Southeastern Anatolia region of Turkey. This unique historical site is helping to disprove previously accepted truths about the human history.

The history of Gobeklitepe goes back to thousand of years. It is 5000 years older than the first cities in Mesopotamia, 7000 years older than the Stonehenge in England, 7500 years older than the pyramids in Egypt and 6500 years older than the first temples in Malta. The most significant archaeological exploration in history. The oldest religious center discovered ever. Also, the earliest three dimensional depictions carved into stone are found here.

Who Built Gobeklitepe? How Was It Created ? And Why? Some prehistoric cultures worshipped celestial objects while others idolized animals. The reason why man started to worship at all is still a mystery, but the where and the when have finally been answered.

It all began in Gobeklitepe, the 12,000 year-old temple that altered our understanding of civilization.


A Journey of Discovery and Wonder

Gobeklitepe is an ancient marvel on a hilltop in southeastern Turkey. Built by early humans 11,600 years ago. Before metal tools, before the wheel. Before writing and engineering. Temples of precision-cut 14-tonne pillars. Adorned with totems, animal figurines and mysterious symbols. A so complex and so monumental site that transformed our vision of the ancient world.

Unesco World Heritage

Gobeklitepe was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List in 2018. As the oldest temple of the world, this unique historical site was designated one of 50 fabulous places to see in the world by the world's most respected travel magazines. Visiting the world famous ancient temple of Gobeklitepe in the southeast part of Turkey is an unprecedented experience for the tourists and history lovers.

UNESCO Identity Card:

  • Official Name: Gobeklitepe
  • Architectural Type: Sanctuary
  • Date of Inscription: 2018
  • Type: Cultural
  • Reference: 1572
  • Location: Sanliurfa, Turkey

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